It was a packed house last Thursday night at the Seraphim Ranch that greeted Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor and many other state and local dignitaries for the Lincoln Reagan Dinner, sponsored by the Adams County Republican Club.
After a stirring rendition of the National Anthem by Clarisha Adams, a dinner catered by Prather’s IGA was served and then the crowd heard from two Ohio Supreme Court Justices who were on hand, Justice Judi French and Justice Sharon Kennedy.
Adams County Republican Club President Garry Benner then introduced Lieutenant Governor Taylor, who along with her partner on the ticket, Ohio Governor John Kasich, will be up for re-election this fall. Taylor gave about a 20-minute speech to the crowd, touching on such topics as tackling Ohio’s budget gap, “Obamacare,” higher education, taxes, and veteran affairs. She talked about the influence on her life of her father, how he encouraged her to “be anything she wanted to be” and her career as an accountant which helped prepare her for the position she holds now.
“We need to keep pushing the kinds of policies that make Ohio a great place to do business,” Taylor told the crowd. “We don’t need the Washington problems coming to Columbus. We get the opportunity to make decisions based on what is best for our state.
“Ohio is back on track and headed in the right direction.”
Taylor gave an interview after the dinner.
“I’m on the road a lot but it’s great to come back to Adams County,” said Taylor in an exclusive interview with The Defender. “It’s been awhile since I have been here so I had a chance to catch up with some old friends and to meet some new people. It’s great to see the things going on here in your county.”
When asked why she thought it was important for her and Kasich to be elected for another four years, Taylor responded, “It’s the lower taxes and smart policies that have ultimately allowed the private sector to create 236,000 jobs.”
When Taylor concluded her speech, she was followed to the podium by State Senators Joe Uecker and State Representative Dr. Terry Johnson, who reported on issues and events happening at the Ohio Statehouse.
Uecker’s theme was “Ohio is coming back” and commented that his time as a State Senator has thus far gone by like a whirlwind.
“Job numbers are up, unemployment is down, and we see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Uecker.
Representative Johnson followed Uecker to the microphone and encouraged the crowd to “step outside the lines” and be leaders, doing what is right for our kids and neighbors.
“I could not be prouder to represent the good people of southern Ohio in Columbus,” said Johnson. “We are all very concerned about where our country is going, worried about our freedoms. We will not waver in what it means to be an American.”
“We have to continue to do the right thing and lift up our values with great pride and see to it that the torch of liberty shines bright throughout the world.”